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Old July 9, 2007, 04:30 PM   #1
300wsmman
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Easy Turkey Calls

Can anyone help me pick out a few good easy turkey calls, including mouth calls, and box calls, and locater calls, and any other kind of calls that are EASY and sound good.
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Old July 9, 2007, 05:33 PM   #2
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My favorite mouth call that I found very easy to perfect is the Lohman 839. As I have not been turkey hunting all that much since moving from Missouri, I have not purchased them in probably 10-12 years. I hope they still exist.
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Old July 10, 2007, 10:34 AM   #3
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Without getting into specific brands/models, the easiest type to pick up with ZERO practice and sound good is a box call or push-call. But with most box calls, it limits you to realistic yelping only without some added skill.

The easiest to use well (sound good), with just a LITTLE bit of practice, and my favorite type, is a pan/striker call. With 1-5 minutes of practice, yelping is easy. With another 5 or 10 minutes of practice, purrs are pretty easy. With another half hour of practice, fairly realistic soft clucks can be made on the edges of the pan. I always carry 2 pan calls: a slate pan/wood striker for normal conditions, and a glass pan/acrylic striker for rainy conditions, or just to change up the sound a bit.

Mouth calls are difficult to make sound realistic without a lot of practice. In the early season, and/or where there's not much hunting pressure, and/or if there's a high(er) tom to hen ratio, then a not-so-good mouth call yelp will still bring them in usually.

On locator calls, I don't mess with owl hoots or crow calls anymore, because I found that a gobble call works best as a locator, or for that matter a loud hen yelp. I use one of those black rubbery gobble calls that you hold in one hand and shake vigorously for the gobble. Some people will say that that is dangerous, to make a gobble sound, but if someone is out there stupid enough to shoot a dude dressed in camo, carrying a shotgun, and holding a black rubber doodad in his hand, then all bets are off on that kind of yahoo anyway, so I don't think actually gobbling is going to matter.
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Old July 10, 2007, 02:57 PM   #4
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I've found diaphragm calls to be very easy with a little practice. I stick a couple in the truck a week or so before season starts and practice a little driving to and from work. I've never won any contests but I've killed lots of turkeys. I've tried all the others but they create too much movement and/or necessitate a last-minute switch from call to gun.

I can't recommend a brand since everybody's mouth is different but I've used Quaker-Boy and Primos and they work good for me. I also prefer double or triple reed styles because they sound like a raspy old hen IMHO.

I also don't do locator calls anymore. I've just never seen them work with any regularity. A really aggressive cackle like two hens fighting usually gets 'em to gobble if anything will.
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